It was one of the biggest scandals to rock the UK. The Rotherham Muslim child sex abuse gangs. Vulnerable teenagers groomed, trafficked and raped by gangs of men. The abuse going on directly under our noses, having been known by authorities who turned a blind eye and took no action.
It prompted Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham, to write a newspaper article for The Sun, one year ago, in which she called out the problem of British Pakistani men exploiting white girls.
In an interview with The Telegraph she describes the response as having been a nightmare.
“Social media went nuts. It was a tidal wave,” says Champion. “I had the far right coming for me, saying I had covered up child abuse, that I was effectively a rapist myself [Rotherham had a Labour council, during the time the gang was active], while the far left was calling me a racist.”
She never expected the enormity of the response, though she figured it would make some waves. Since the year of threats and abuse she now qualifies for enhanced police security at the highest level. The level of outrage over her words has nearly caused her life to fall apart.
She was forced to resign her post as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities the following week after her article.
In March, the campaign group Just Yorkshire published a report alleging that Muslims in Rotherham have been subject to racial abuse as a result of her article, causing yet another wave of abuse and threats to Mrs. Champion.
It has been revealed that police and other authorities are reluctant, at the risk of being called ‘racist’, to investigate gangs in Rotherham and elsewhere which has only allowed the abuse of girls to continue. …
Despite the nightmare of the past year, the support Sarah has received outweighs the threats. She has no plans of standing down and will continue her quest to protect Britain’s young girls: “It’s the weirdest thing, the sense of duty and responsibility you feel with this job,” she says. “I am quite a long way from done.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil